Julie Marie Simpson Backer, 41 of Downs, IL, passed away at 6:42 AM on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at her residence .
A service celebrating her life will be 2:00 PM Saturday, September 5, 2015 at the Downs Fire Station, 102 West Main Street, Downs IL. Everyone is invited to a meal at the fire station following the service. Fr. David Halt will officiate. Visitation will be from 12:00-2:00 PM Saturday, the day of the service at the Downs Fire Station. Private inurnment at a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the children’s education funds through The Downs Fire Assoc. They can all be mailed to the Downs Fire Dept. 102 West Main Street, Downs, IL 61736. Arrangements are being handled by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.
Julie was born March 5, 1974 in Decatur, IL the daughter of George Thomas and Alice L. Cross Simpson. She is survived by her husband, Jason Alan Backer. They were married April 5, 2012.
Also Surviving is her Mother, Alice L. Simpson, Decatur, IL; three childrenPaige Marie Anderson, Noah Thomas Anderson, and Faith Elizabeth Anderson, all of Downs, IL; three step children, Douglas Whitney Anderson, Bloomington, IL; Nathan Alan Backer, and Alison Mae Backer, both of Downs, IL; one brother, Michael (Dorisa) Simpson, Des Moines, Iowa; one nephew Ashton Simpson, Des Moines, Iowa; and one niece, Lillian Simpson, Des Moines, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her father and grandparents.
Julie graduated from Mt. Zion High School, Mt. Zion, IL. She was the Director at We Care Daycare Center, Downs, IL. Julie had obtained a Montessori Accreditation. Julie loved karaoke, cooking, her animals and spending time with her family. She was a loving wife, daughter, mother, sister and aunt; she will be missed by all who knew her.